National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Weekly Update
August 26, 2008

In the News:

Task Force announces $1.2 million grant from Evelyn and Walter
      Haas, Jr. Fund to support pro-LGBT faith work
Pro-LGBT Christians to address racism and gender identity
      issues at Many Stories, One Voice faith conference
Creating Change update: New fabulous hotel, same great city,
      same dates and room rates
Winter Party Festival early-bird hotel rate deadline is Sept. 15


 

Task Force announces $1.2 million grant from Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to support pro-LGBT faith work

The Task Force Foundation’s Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) and five partner organizations have been awarded a total of $1.2 million from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to work jointly to expand the number of churches that are welcoming and affirming of LGBT people and to strengthen their internal capacities. This funding is significant not only because of its dollar amount, but also because it marks a breakthrough in secular foundation support for LGBT faith organizing efforts.

“The more than 2.5 million individuals in the 3,100 congregations supported by the Institute for Welcoming Resources and these partner organizations are some of our movement’s most valuable advocates in promoting understanding, reclaiming what unfortunately has become a narrow view of ‘moral values’ espoused by those who seek to divide, and advancing LGBT equality. We thank the Haas, Jr. Fund for not only recognizing this, but for providing the critical resources to advance these pro-LGBT faith organizing efforts.”
— Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey

“We’re convinced that this unique partnership among the Task Force’s IWR program and denominational advocacy organizations holds the potential to transform the larger LGBT movement by greatly expanding its supporters and extending its reach.”
— Randall Miller, Program Officer, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

[ Read the full press release ]


 

Pro-LGBT Christians to address racism and gender identity issues at Many Stories, One Voice faith conference

Hundreds of pro-LGBT Christians will address issues of race, class, ability, age, gender identity and sexual orientation at Many Stories, One Voice, convened by the Task Force in New Orleans, La., Sept. 4–7. Two pre-conference institutes will discuss, analyze and strategize on how to organize around these issues.

On Sept. 3, participants will converge at For Such a Time as This, a gathering of transgender people and allies to discuss the dynamics of ministry with the transgender community, the challenges and advantages of becoming more visible in their faith communities and how to build relationships of support and accountability between transgender people and their allies. On Sept. 4, the institute, An Un-Holy Alliance: Racism, Classism, Homophobia, Bi-phobia, Transphobia and How We Can Be Prophets of Liberation, will be held. Registration is still open, so register today!

“Too often, as Christians and as Americans, we have viewed differences in identity as deficits, as problems, as things to be overcome. This conference celebrates the ways in which difference tells us something about the richness and the vast creativity of God. ... These pre-conference institutes are critical both for transforming the systems of oppression and for celebrating the gifts that come when we do the transformational work.”
— The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel of the Task Force’s Institute for Welcoming Resources

[ Read the press release ]
[ Register for the conference ]


 

Creating Change update: New fabulous hotel, same great city, same dates and room rates

The 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, convening in Denver, Colo., on Jan 28–Feb. 1, 2009, announces the selection of a new host hotel for the movement’s premier training event, presented by the Task Force. The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver, near the wonderful 16th Street Mall, with easy access to restaurants, shops and entertainment. Conference dates will remain the same.

Special conference room rates at the Grand Hyatt Denver are $125/night. To reserve your room at the Grand Hyatt Denver, call 303.295.1234 or 800.233.1234, or visit www.creatingchange.org to reserve a room online. Please mention the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Creating Change Conference to receive the conference rate. Reservations must be made by Jan. 5, 2009, to receive the $125 rate, but be advised that the host hotel often sells out, so make your reservation as soon as possible.

Go West. Together we will Create Change!

[ Get more details ]


 

Winter Party Festival early-bird hotel rate deadline is
Sept. 15

Make your plans now for the 2009 Winter Party Festival (Feb. 25 to March 2) and save on accommodations at our official host hotel — the Doubletree Surfcomber. If you reserve your room before Sept. 15, you can take advantage of the early-bird rate of $279/king or $299/double. To make your reservations, call 800.853.0264 and request group code “WPF” or ask for the Winter Party Festival 2009 rate; or book online right here. March is high season for South Beach, Fla., so take advantage of this opportunity while it is available!



 

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